Mana, NewAgCo, Cheminova, UPI and Albaugh support farmers request for
SASKATOON, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - In a recent meeting, a group of Canadian
Generic companies agreed that the issues identified by a group of
Canadian farmers regarding the current process to register generic crop
protection products, are creating a major disruption in farmers'
ability to improve their cost competitiveness.
According to one regulatory consultant, who works on generic
registrations domestically and around the world, "Canada is, in fact,
one of the most difficult countries to register end use generic
"As a result of several serious flaws in regulation, and in how that
regulation is administered", adds another generic company official, "we
are finding it very difficult to offer Canadian farmers the broad array
of generic pesticides that US farmers have access too."
Generic companies agree that unless the Protection of Proprietary
Interests in Pesticides (PPIP) policy is changed, the number of
successful generic registrations will continue to decline.
Several applications have, in fact, been aborted during the registration
process and many have not been started as a result of unclear rules,
contradictions in the process and how the rules have been interpreted
Canadian generic companies claim that these dynamics not only seriously
impede their ability to register product, it dramatically undermines
One generic company recently decided not to proceed in Canada. Others
have contemplated pulling out of the business of registering generic
crop protection products in Canada entirely.
Generic companies applaud the Harper Government's objective of creating
a cost competitive environment in Canadian agriculture, and implore
them to ensure that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency complies with
Together, Mana, NewAgCo, Cheminova, UPI, Albaugh represent a group of
companies that register generic crop protection products used by
farmers in Canada.
For further information:
Craig Rath, Rath Consulting